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Private Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
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icon2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Overview

Discover the wonders of the Colosseum—and see sides of the UNESCO-listed landmark that most visitors miss—on this introductory tour. Meet your guide and, with skip-the-line access, make your way inside. You’ll learn about the Colosseum and see the arena before exploring the underground areas that few travelers get to see. Next, the tour also includes entry to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. See the sights with your guide and, once the tour ends, choose to explore further if you wish.
  • See sides of the UNESCO-listed Colosseum that many visitors miss
  • Audio headsets ensure you hear your guide’s every word
  • Explore the highlights of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
  • Skip-the-line access saves you time and helps you beat the crowds
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Fast track entrance tickets and reservation fees
Thorough guided tour of the Underground section and Arena floor
Guided tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Live expert guide
Sterilized earphones to hear clearly your guide
Full on-site assistance
Piazza del Colosseo, 21 , Piazza del Colosseo, 21, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Meet at the green kiosk on the right as you exit the Colosseo metro station. Look for a member of staff carrying a yellow label with TOURIKS on it. Please arrive 30 minutes before the starting time. Note that there is also an upper floor exit of the metro station; please meet us downstairs.

Roman Forum , Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please be at the meeting point 30 minutes before the tour starts in order to complete the signup. We cannot accommodate, refund or reschedule late arrivals
  • A moderate amount of walking and steps are involved; wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • You will pass through strict security checks both at the Colosseum and at the Roman Forum entrance. Please be aware that security check lines are not skippable
  • Flying drones and knives of any kind are strictly forbidden. Neither trolleys and big backpacks nor animals are allowed into the Colosseum. Glass/metal containers and sprays of any kind are also not allowed
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers younger than 18 years old must present a valid document or proof of ID
  • The order in which the sites are visited during the tour can vary; either the Colosseum or Forum and Palatine Hill will come first
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY TOURIKS
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum.
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Guided Tour of Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum.

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  • "Arrive early as we almost missed it being on time and the company made sure we were taken care of." See review
  • "Recommend it because without the tour, there are areas you cannot get in." See review
  • "We highly recommend making the effort to get a tour that includes the Underground portion of the Colosseum." See review

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star-5
Great tour!
Meagan_F
, Apr 2022
Great tour! Giovanni was a great guide. It was nice being able to be guided through the underground of the Colosseum.
star-5
Our guide was excellent...
Jeanne_S
, Mar 2022
Our guide was excellent and had a deep knowledge of the area and history. It was evident she was interested in us and has a deep passion for her chosen work.
star-5
Great tour!
Roy_S
, Dec 2021
Elena was a marvelous tour guide. She had a great personality, spoke English very well, and was extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour and guide.
star-5
Great Way to see the Colosseum!
Samir_S
, Aug 2021
Loretta was an incredible guide with so much passion. She gave fantastic details and made the experience truly remarkable, and answered many of our questions along the way. Highly recommend!
star-5
Best tour we ever had
Jennifer_B
, Sep 2020
Fantastic tour! Our guide truly cared about Rome and the history. Would highly recommend. We left impressed!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you so much, Jennifer! We are very happy you enjoyed it. Looking forward to seeing you in Rome again soon
star-5
Complete Colosseo and Forum
Heidi B
, Oct 2019
Amazing tour! We thought the Colosseo tour couldn't be eat, then we headed over to the Forum and met Tom! His insights and knowledge made the entire trip to Rome worth it. It wasn't just his expertise on ancient Rome and the Republic, but how the characters of history shaped who we still are today.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you Heidi! we are very happy you enjoyed the experience.
star-4
Ancient Rome Tour: Colosseum Underground, Arena and Forum
Cheryl C
, Oct 2019
It was all very organized. The tours were divided into 2 parts so we had 2 tour guides. The first guide, Laura, who did the underground was knowledgeable, but not a good tour guide. She was not friendly and seemed to have an attitude problem. It was hard to understand her through her heavy accent and her commentary was delivered as if she was reading it to you. On the other had, Tom from Manchester was delightful and happy to be sharing his valuable information with us. He gets a 5-star rating. His tour was terrific! The reason for the 4 stars on the overall rating was because of Laura, otherwise I would have given it a 5.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Cheryl, Thank you very much for your feedback. It is very helpful for us in order to improve the overall experience by choosing better guides. Ermal
star-5
great tour
Terry_L
, Oct 2019
This tour was well organized and was a great experience to do.Guides were great both at the Colosseum and at the forum.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Rome!
386Dawn
, Jul 2019
We heard that it never rains in Rome and our tour day was the one day that it rained. While our tour guide tried to make the best of it, she spent most of her energy trying to stay out of the rain while touring the Colosseum. She was marginal. On the other hand our tour guide for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill was incredible - so many great stories!!! Loved him!!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for your very valuable feedback, We transmitted it to both the guides involved! We are sorry about the rainy day, and for the marginal experience in the Colosseum part of the tour.
star-5
Well worth the time and money
ANDREW_W
, Jul 2019
The tour was well presented by knowledgeable guides one was an archeologist, the information was relevant and interesting, time spent at the sites was enough, instructions and communication prior to the tour was spot on
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for your feedback Andrew, It makes us happy
star-5
Awesome!
Paradise29746813888
, Jun 2019
This was our favorite tour in Rome. If you are going to visit the Colosseum, I would highly recommend doing the underground tour. The tour is guided by an archaeologist of the Colosseum. They then take you up to the third floor of the Colosseum. The views are spectacular. Then we met up our guide Tom to tour the Roman Forum. Tom was very knowledgeable about the history of the politics during that time.
star-5
Special Access
Robert_R
, Jun 2019
The access to the underground and top level were priceless. Arrive early as we almost missed it being on time and the company made sure we were taken care of.
star-5
Awe insipiring!
Sheri_S
, May 2019
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Rome! We highly recommend making the effort to get a tour that includes the Underground portion of the Colosseum. It sent shivers down our backs to walk the dark corridors the gladiators and the Christian martyrs walked to enter the arena. We were very pleased with the tour provider, Touriks, as well. Before we left on our trip, I received a text from them notifying me they had had to cancel our tour on the day we'd originally scheduled (May 1) because the Colosseum Administration had decided that the restricted areas would be closed that day, but asking if we'd like to reschedule. As it so happened, we did have an opening in our schedule, and they rebooked us for May 12th and sent us a confirmation by email very promptly! We were so glad! On the day we were rescheduled to tour, it was raining hard. But the sun came out just as it was time for our tour. The tour operators informed us that the tours of the Underground earlier that morning had had to be canceled because of too much rainwater getting into that area, and that as a result, our tour would be the first tour of the day allowed into the Underground. Our guide was an Italian archaeologist, and I'm sorry we didn't get her name. She was excellent--extremely informative and knowledgeable. We skipped all the lines, went in a separate entrance, and started our tour on the arena floor. Our tour group was comfortably small. After the arena floor, she led us down to the Underground where she showed us where and how they lifted the caged animals up to the floor of the arena, and showed us where the gladiators were housed, and how they would have entered the arena. We then proceeded to the upper levels of the Colosseum for a completely different view. Be prepared for a number of long, steep staircases! We had a bit of free time to view the exhibits and shop in the bookstore before the second part of the tour was to begin--touring the Roman Forum. However, about that time it began to pour down rain in buckets, so my husband and I elected to forego that part of the tour (our feet got wet enough just walking back to the hotel in the rain!) We appreciated the friendly professionalism of the Touriks staff and commend Viator for contracting with them. We would definitely recommend this tour!
star-4
Coloseum
FarAway50902784896
, May 2019
It was a good tour, very comprehensive. It felt long, but we did cover a lot in the Coloseum, forum and palantine hill. Recommend it because without the tour, there are areas you cannot get in.
star-1
No show by guides
John_W
, Mar 2019
The tour company showed up 30 minutes late and said they notified you there was no reservation for us with them. They said they notified you days before.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2019
It was not a no show by guides! we were not operating at all on that day. The Colosseum Administration cancelled all tours for the period 5-10 March declaring free-entrance-week. We notified Viator long before about this and they cancelled the reservations without notifying the clients. We are sorry about that, still, your review damages the image of the local operator while in reality it reflects your experience with the Viator agents
star-5
Awesome Tour
Tradell M
, Sep 2018
This tour took about 3 hours. The tour guide was excellent. I wish I remembered his name. He was very informative and made the tour very interesting. Don't feel pressured to go underground. It was interesting but if you're on a budget and need to save money, its not that big of a deal if you don't go underground. The arena was interesting to see.
star-1
Terrible service
Jesenia M
, Sep 2018
We had such a bad experience. We were in the area almost two hours before just to be on time. Everyone we asked for help would just point and we walked around in circles. It was not organized well. Then it rained which was out of our control. And theirs I understand. We had no phone service so by the time we found the spot they had already left. Another guide called the you’re we were with then someone came as did basically said it was too bad. We asked if we could just go ahead and go in and catch up with the group knowing we had missed part of it He said no, too bad & no refunds. Then we asked if they could help us by moving us to another time and said no. That was your time and too bad. You missed it and no refunds. I was so disappointed that we spent so much money and couldn’t even be helped. It’s hard when you are visiting and they are so unwilling to help in any way. We ended up having to pay another service to be able to enter. We enjoyed the tour itself. But the pe people we delt with was not at all helpful. So saddened by this experience.
star-5
A day full of rich history!
Christie_H
, Aug 2018
An amazing day we had in Rome visiting the Colosseum and the Forum. Josephine, our guide, was so knowledgeable and friendly! It was such a hot day outside, but she was so kind as to keep us in the shade when she could and give us water breaks and bathroom breaks. She had so much knowledge about both places and we were enthralled with the experience! We recommend this tour!!!! Melissa Hanson, Minnesota, USA
star-5
This tour was great! It was my 3rd...
Cayla_H
, Jul 2018
This tour was great! It was my 3rd time doing a Colosseum tour so I wasn't expecting much from it but our guide was great. I learned new facts and this was my first time doing the underground portion. It was really cool to see it from that perspective and since the number of guests are limited you have some great photo opportunities. I would recommend!
star-2
Ancient Rome tour: Colosseum underground Arena
Martin_R
, Jul 2018
Colosseum tour was okay be too much talking by the leader. The Forum tour was horrible we almost left. All he did was take us to shady parts and talk seen very little with this leader. Very poor
1 traveler found this review helpful

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